Runyan developed Stargardt’s Disease, which left her legally blind. Marla Runyan is a three time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters. She won four gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics. In the 1996 Paralympics she won silver in the shot put and gold in the Pentathlon. In 2000 she became the first legally blind paralympian to compete in the Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. She holds various American records. Also, he co-wrote and published her autobiography ‘No Finish Line: My Life As I See It’
Beethoven is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in history. He gave his first public performance as a pianist when he was only 8 years old. He studied under the guidance of Mozart. By his mid-twenties he had earned a name for himself as a great pianist. In the year 1796 Beethoven began losing his hearing. In spite of his illness, he created some of the greatest works of music. He achieved all this despite being completely deaf for the last 25 years or so of his life.
Disability: Blind and Deaf
Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller’s teacher, Sullivan, taught Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with d-o-l-l for the doll that she had brought her as a present. A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and socialism.. In 1920, she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. Keller met many U.S. presidents and traveled to many countries with her teacher
Christoper Reeve is most know for his acting and his role as Superman. He was also a producer, screen writer, and an activist. He was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse. He was left with a breathing apparatus and in a wheelchair. He still accomplished many things after his accident. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and was believing in human embryonic stem cell research.